August 31, 2023 6:00 pm - August 31, 2023 7:30 pm

Crossing Borders and Cultivating Culture: Exploring the Movement of Creole Zydeco Music

In this virtual discussion with an appearance of four-time Grammy Award nominee and Creole and zydeco historian, Sean Ardoin, presenters from Texas Folklife delve into the captivating history of the movement of Creole and zydeco culture across the border of Louisiana and Texas. Together, they’ll explore the significance of art, culture, tradition, and the profound influence of space and place on the communities that have preserved and celebrated this vibrant musical tradition.

Drawing on extensive research and firsthand accounts, this discussion takes participants on a journey through time, tracing the roots of Creole and zydeco music and its evolution as it crossed geographical and cultural boundaries. Presenters will explore the unique blend of African, French, Caribbean, and Native American influences that gave birth to this rich musical heritage, and how it has endured and thrived through the generations.

Highlighting the importance of art and culture in shaping identity, the lecture examines how Creole and zydeco music became a powerful expression of cultural pride, resilience, and resistance. Texas Folklife will delve into the stories of the musicians, dancers, and community members who have played pivotal roles in preserving and promoting this distinctive musical genre, despite the challenges faced by their communities.

Space and place hold a special significance in the context of Creole and zydeco culture. Speakers will explore how specific locations, such as dance halls, music venues, and community gathering spaces, have served as vital hubs for the cultivation, performance, and transmission of this cultural tradition. Participants will gain insights into the social dynamics, rituals, and traditions surrounding these spaces and their pivotal role in sustaining and fostering a sense of community.

Through this virtual discussion, Texas Folklife aims to foster a deeper appreciation for the rich tapestry of Creole and zydeco culture and its transcendent power. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the historical context, cultural significance, and enduring impact of this unique musical tradition, as well as the ways in which art, culture, tradition, and space shape and define communities across the Louisiana and Texas border.

Join members of the Texas Folklife team and Sean Ardoin for an engaging and enlightening exploration of the movement of Creole and zydeco culture, as we celebrate the artists, preserve the traditions, and honor the resilience of the communities that have contributed to its enduring legacy.